Today’s key global wellness news articles from around the world, impacting the industry and influencing the business of wellness.
Daniel Lubetzky-led KIND Snacks has made its first acquisition of a North Carolina-based clusters, trail mixes and granolas producer for an undisclosed sum. Creative Snacks was founded by Hilary and Marius Andersen in 2009 to develop better-for-you snacks for their children, and its high-growth brands include Almond Clusters and Coconut Snack, which both have been recognized by The Specialty Food Association with four consecutive sofi awards.
The subscription box trend is not going away, so it was only a matter of time before the sexual wellness industry got involved. The U.S. subscription e-commerce or box market is estimated at $12 to 15 billion and continues to grow.
Michael Acton Smith is best known as the co-founder and co-CEO of wellness app Calm, which has been downloaded more than 50 million times. The app hails itself as the No. 1 app for sleep–and has been on a rocket-ride of growth since being named Apple’s app of the year in 2017.
Sustainability might be the biggest buzzword in the foodie space right now, but have you stopped to think about what it means in a practical sense, or better yet, what it should look like in your own life?
Lululemon, an athleisure brand whose £88 leggings are worn by celebrities and Instagram influencers, are sourcing clothing from a factory where Bangladeshi female factory workers claim they are beaten and physically assaulted. The Canadian brand recently launched a partnership with the United Nations to reduce stress levels and promote the mental health of aid workers.
Fast food chain Leon has launched a partnership with Sainsbury’s to sell its first range of grocery products. Customers will be able to buy a range of Leon condiments, oils and bread in more than 600 stores as the chain expands beyond its London focused restaurant portfolio.
Peloton’s recent IPO hasn’t brushed away its legal hiccups. The fitness startup, which went public in September and has since seen its stock fall by 20%, just filed another lawsuit for copyright infringement. The company announced on Tuesday that it’s suing Echelon Fitness for attempting to “free ride off Peloton’s innovative technology.”
Exercise addiction can develop alongside eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia – and it can be deadly. Pushing a body that may already be malnourished and underweight can put an incredible strain on the heart, and gyms don’t seem to be fully equipped to deal with this problem.